The old hidden ball trick is alive and well, thanks to Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays.
Here's how it unfolded: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to center in the fourth inning Saturday at Dodger Stadium, giving the Dodgers a 5-0 lead with one out. Skip Schumacker and Juan Uribe advanced to second and third, respectively, and Andre Ethier scored on the play.
With pitcher Roberto Hernandez covering the plate, Rays first baseman James Loney cut off Wil Myers' throw from the outfield and casually tossed it to Yunel Escobar, who threw it to Longoria. By then, Uribe had thought time was called and lifted his foot off third base as he shifted his weight. Longoria tagged Uribe on the thigh, and third base umpire Angel Hernandez signaled for the out.
It was officially scored an 8-3-6-5 double play, with Ethier coming in for the score.
San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera last tried to attempt the hidden ball trick against the San Francisco Giants on July 12, but it failed when second base umpire Laz Diaz ruled that Pablo Sandoval (who would have been the unknowing victim) had called for time before the tag.
Watch the video below to see how it all happened. (Newsday app users can watch the video by going to http://atmlb.com/13Y9M5j.)